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Medal - Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Bronze Prize, Specimen, Australia, circa 1875 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20918

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Medal - Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association Bronze Prize c. 1875 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne
Other Details: An unissued bronzed proof-like specimen for the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association, from the Melbourne Mint reference collection. Reverse die cut by renowned medalist Julius Hogarth. The Association was established by at least 1859, and serviced a wide region bounded by the coastline west of Melbourne, extending from Cape Otway almost as far as Portland. Like contemporary agricultural societies, it would have provided support to rural communities, encouraged the improvement of agricultural practices, held annual shows and competitions and exposed farmers to new technologies.
Description:
An unissued bronzed proof-like strike of the prize medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe. The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 31.98 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: agriculture
Themes this item is part of: Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Prize
DateEra: circa 1875 AD
Obverse Description: The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'. Around rim, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association +
Reverse Description: At centre, a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe; in exergue, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
The artist's initials IH are hidden below the bull's hind leg.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: Villirrs & hrytrsbury Agricultural Association (Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association)
Reverse: Stokes & Martin Melbourne IH
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Australia, circa 1875
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
Artist: Julius Hogarth, Australia
Commissioned By: Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
References: Mint 208

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